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Old 03-27-2019, 09:30 AM   #1
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Composite propane tank refill - British Columbia and Desolation Sound?

Just bought a composite propane tank and had trouble finding a station to fill it in Seattle. Our primary cruising destinations this year will be in the San Juan/Gulf Islands and up to Desolation Sound.

Anyone here have experience getting their composite tank refilled in these cruising areas? TIA
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:16 AM   #2
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How many places did you try? I had two composite tanks (the exploding version, at that) and never had any trouble getting them filled.
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As long as the tank has not expired, it can be refilled. I have been told that there is nobody on Vancouver Island who will recertify composite tanks.
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:25 AM   #4
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Thanks, it is a brand new tank and I will try Sure Marine to get it filled. Just worried about places up in the Gulf Islands and Desolation for a refill. Hoping someone has recent first hand experience.
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Might be more hassle than it is worth. The manufacture has this filing document posted on their website

Viking-Cylinders_Filling_Certificate_2017.pdf
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I can ask in Powell River if you like.
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That would be great, thanks.
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Old 03-27-2019, 04:18 PM   #8
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Worst case, you can fill direct from another cylinder. We’ve done it regularly for our selves or friends grill tanks. We have connectors that go tank to tank. We hang the full tank then open both valves and the liquid will run into the tank we want till fill. If you do it have that tank in the shade or wrap in a wet towel or blanket. It’s slow but it beats running out of propane. And no smoking!
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There was a major recall on one company's tanks ... The Lite Cylinder Company. The usual media hysteria and uninformed spread the word that all composite tanks were banned, You are fighting the ignorant.
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